Post # 1
I am a boobless bride.
Seriously, they’re on the small side of proportionate and they don’t cause me much trouble when I’m running and jumping and climbing on trees and stuff.
This has also enabled me to get just about any dress I want without a problem (oh who am I kidding, I picked my dress like 8 months ago when we first started getting married).
My bridesmaids however….oh my lovely, beautiful Maids of Dishonor….they are all very “blessed” (or cursed, depending how you look at it) when it comes to their chesticles. I think like, a G cup and an F and a Dirty Delete.
I don’t know the first thing about picking a dress for a large breasted person. Is there anyone here with boobs that could help me start on what sort of styles I should start looking at for Bridesmaids dress styles for curvier women?
I thought about an infinity/convertible dress that way they can have whatever style they want but I don’t know if that would provide enough structure/support as they’re mostly made from jersey.
Anyone have an input?
Thanks a ton
Post # 3
Something with support is important (duh). I’d look at dresses that are halter/v-neck or similar, for extra support and also reduce the chances of popping out of their dresses. And while backless dresses are pretty, they are probably going to need an A-line strapless bra or something similar to wear underneath, so you might just want to drag them to the nearest bridal/prom store and start helping them try on styles 🙂
ETA: Halters are great, but make sure they don’t pull forward on their necks–it hurts! A racerback or criss-cross straps would be ideal to mimic the look of halter style.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t get anything that’s strapless. I find that corset backs help because they keep everything tucked in and prevent spillage.
Post # 6
@SockJunkie: I am a 34E and the one thing I would suggest would be to pick a dress they can wear a normal bra with (if that is possible). Strapless bras that support for any amount of time are few and far between, and if you are lucky enough to find one… they can be expensive. I would talk to your ladies. They will know what type of dresses work for them. It can definitely be difficult, so be patient. Good Luck!
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I’d avoid the infiniti dress. I’d also avoid halter tops. Though they give support, it’s not good support. Halters make big breasted people look even larger and tend to emphasize cleavage to an unnatural degree.
As a large-chested woman myself–I measure an F but generally get fitted into an E–I recommend strapless for those comfortable with it. Strapless does not offer support but it does help minimize the appearance of large boobs and help equalize everyone’s appearance. A great longline bra will provide the requisite support. If your ladies are not comfortable in strapless, then the enxt best is the tanktop style neckline with straps about an inch wide.
A-line should help balance proportions.
Post # 8
@mrsSonthebeach: Damn. You really think the infinity dress wouldn’t work? I was really hoping we could get off cheap and easy with those (myself and the mothers would be sewing one each). I can usually spit one out in about 4 hours (including one hour of trying to corral everyone out of the house and one hour cursing my machine). What if I put an extra panel in the chest area for some coverage?
@MarshmallowLatte: I really don’t want to make anyone buy any special underwear. lol. That just…sucks. I’ve talked to all three of them seperately and of course, they all want three seperate styles. lol. That’s why I thought the infinity dress might work out but the more I look into it, the less comfortable it looks for busty women.
I suppose my main goals here are to (a) not force people to buy underwear, (b) make sure everyone is comfortable, (c) have them choose something they’d actually wear again.
….okay, you can stop laughing now. LoL. I just realized how completely impossible that sounds.
Post # 9
If you want something they’d wear again we’re talking more than just comfort but personal style. You should take them to the store and let them try stuff on. You’ll figure it out from there.
Post # 10
Since you are already comfortable with them all wearing different styles, why not go and try some on? That way you can see what they all look like standing up next to eachother in the dresses they pick, and you can, at the least, see what necklines/shapes are most flattering.
Post # 11
I wear a Dirty Delete, but need to get measured better. I can’t wear anything that doesn’t have good straps – usually at least an inch thick. My wedding dress was off the shoulder, but I had a longline under it, which gave support. Alot of bridesmaids dresses won’t work with a longline bra, and especially not a jersey dress. The issue with jersey isn’t just the lack of coverage, it’s the lack of stiff fabric or boning or support from construction.
As far as halters, my issue is that my chest is heavy, so the weight all goes into the strap of the halter, which then pulls on my neck. That can really hurt!
Post # 12
I’m a Dirty Delete but petite and while I don’t mind the strapless (although I have a bunch of large breasted friends who do), I usually HATE halter. It usually makes me look ALL chest and if it’s V-ed even in the slightest, I have a lot of cleavage. Too much for a wedding.
As was stated above the infiniti dress, while pretty, is not so nice or forgiving. Empire waists tend to make me look like I’m ALL boob (I have a short torso).
I would ask your girls what they are comfortable with. Maybe even have a shopping trip with them to try stuff on.
Post # 13
No halters for sure. Infinity dresses are probably no good. Sorry! They just usually aren’t good enough to cover all the parts of the bras your ladies will have to wear. I agree you should just go to a store and have them start trying stuff on. With these girls it might be ideal to do 2 part dresses, as dresses often are made too small in the bust area. Do they have LBDs that they could wear? That would be the cheapest and most body friendly option if the color works for you.
Post # 14
Make sure they can wear a bra. This probably eliminates a lot of strapless dresses.
Avoid anything with a seam directly under the bust. I’m only a 32D, but even at that size, I find that anything with a seam right under the bust area means the seam will either be in the correct place and I will be uncomfortably/immodestly boob-alicious, or I will adjust the dress to cover myself a little bit and end up with a super awkward seam/line across the middle of my bewbs.
And +1 to the PP that mentioned that halters can be iffy. I hate the way halters make me look. I feel like I’m all chest and have man shoulders, but there are plenty of well-endowed women that would disagree with me, I suppose.
Post # 15
Okay so… infinity dresses= probably out
Halter top= definitely out!
I think, what I may just do–because they are all different body shapes with different needs– is ask them to find an LBD or a dress in a certain shade (probably gray, people wear gray right?) that they like and feel confident and comfy in. Then make it look a little more cohesive with a pashmina or something.
Thank you all so much for your input! I really do appreciate the honesty and all of the feedback! I would have never known that halters were cleavage accentuating!
Post # 16
Check out J Crew — my very well endowed bridesmaids LOVED the “heidi” dress — it is flattering, pretty, and you can wear a regular bra with it without looking like a MOB. It comes in short or long, a bunch of gorgeous colors, AND, it looks good on ladies with small chests, too!